SINCE Facebook Inc rebranded itself with a new name that focuses on the metaverse, the concept is quickly becoming a buzzword in technology and business.

But what does it mean? Metaverse is a broad term. It generally refers to shared virtual world environments which people can access via the internet.

The term can refer to digital spaces which are made more lifelike by the use of virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR).

The accelerated interest in the metaverse can be seen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as there has been increased demand for ways to make online interaction more lifelike.

Many science fiction books and films are set in fully-fledged metaverses alternative digital worlds which are indistinguishable from the real physical world. Watch here are some examples:

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